In what way do you think it was a game changer? I was in high school at that time. It was certainly a cool hit song, but didn't seem ground breaking or tremendously different at that time. It took some elements of pop (the rap and horn sections), some elements of metal (what's it? What is it?), and then the quasi-classical piano thing.
But I don't remember anything changing as a result of it. The game changer was shortly after that... with grunge.
I got burned out on that song pretty quickly, but overall I like Faith No More. I've also been following Mike Patton over the years, and he's been involved in some great projects, especially Mr. Bungle and Fantomas.
LOL, I see you changed the thread title to "epic", rather than "groundbreaking."
I think the title of the song was fitting because there's a rather tongue-in-cheek vibe to it, where they're using a lot of huge throw-back musical ideas (harmonized guitars, big horn sections, syrupy piano outro). I think the title, Epic, fits.
Love that album but that song never did it for me. Angel Dust is their best, I agree. I really dug Jim Martins playing & persona too.
I'd gone over to SF from my home to go out with a friend one night. Dropped into her work at a club & heard some crazy vocal gymanastics coming from a soundcheck. I knew who it was before I even poked my head in... Patton.